FIRE DEPARTMENT EMBEZZLEMENT
Ex-W.Va. fire official accused of embezzlement
MADISON, W.Va. (AP) - A former assistant fire chief in Madison has been charged with embezzlement.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous says 45-year-old Larry E. Nunnery of Madison was arraigned Thursday in Boone County Magistrate Court.
Media outlets report Nunnery is accused of making personal purchases with the Madison Volunteer Fire Department's credit card. Baylous says the amount totaled $2,600.
Nunnery is free on bond.
FCC program expanding broadband in rural W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Broadband service is being expanded to about 36,000 homes and businesses in rural West Virginia.
The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that its Connect America Fund has earmarked $22 million for West Virginia. Frontier Communications will use the funds in rural portions of its service areas, connecting more than 87,000 people who lack service.
The Connect America Fund is part of the FCC's initiative to bring broadband access to rural communities. Nationwide, the FCC authorized nearly $260 million to connect almost 1 million rural Americans who now lack service.
Woman's body found in W.Va. hotel, man charged
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A Charles Town man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend, whose body was found in a Jefferson County hotel room.
Media outlets report a hotel worker found the woman's body under a bed Thursday morning. Jefferson County sheriff's investigators say the man later turned himself in to police in Ranson.
Names of the victim and the suspect were being withheld pending notification of the woman's relatives.
Police say the suspect indicated he checked into the hotel Sunday to spend time with the woman before he was to start serving a 90-day jail sentence, and the two were involved in an altercation that evening.
The suspect was arraigned in Jefferson County Magistrate Court on a second-degree murder charge. He was held without bond in the Eastern Regional Jail.
WVU seeking bids for AD suite renovations
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University is seeking bids for renovations on the athletic director's suite at Mountaineer Field.
WVU athletics spokesman Michael Fragale says the project will divide the current suite on the third level of the press box into two separate units, giving the Mountaineer Athletic Club a new suite to sell for next year's football season.
Fragale says the work is being paid for by a private donor.
The Dominion Post (www.dominionpost.com) reports the work includes renovations, lighting, seating and minor structural repairs.
The deadline for companies to submit bid proposals is Dec. 18.
WVA CORRUPTION CHARGES
7 apply for Mingo County circuit judge's seat
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Seven people have applied to fill the remaining term of the Mingo County Circuit Court seat formerly held by Michael Thornsbury.
The applications were submitted by Tuesday's deadline to the West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission. The commission will recommend three names to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who will make the appointment.
Media outlets report that among the applicants are former Supreme Court candidate Tish Chafin, Mingo County Commission attorney Glen Rutledge and Mingo County Family Court Judge Miki Thompson.
Thornsbury pleaded guilty in October to a federal conspiracy charge and resigned from the bench. He was elected to an eight-year term in 2008.
The state Supreme Court appointed Senior Status Judge John Cummings of Cabell County as a temporary replacement for Thornsbury.
WVU board selects interim president
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University's Board of Governors has recommended the hiring of an interim president.
Without announcing a name, the board forwarded its recommendation for Jim Clements' temporary replacement to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The commission meets Friday in South Charleston.
WVU Board chairman James Dailey says the board is "thrilled" with its selection.
The WVU board also set a goal of having a permanent president in place by next fall.
Clements accepted the presidency of Clemson University in November.
CONSOL completes sale of 5 W.Va. mines to Murray
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - CONSOL Energy Inc. says it has completed the sale of subsidiary Consolidation Coal Company to Murray Energy.
The sale includes five longwall mines in West Virginia. They include the McElroy, Shoemaker, Robinson Run, Loveridge and Blacksville No. 2 mines.
The deal also gives Ohio-basedMurray Energy about 1.1 billion tons of coal reserves.
Murray Energy paid $850 million in cash and will take $2.4 billion in liabilities off CONSOL's balance sheets.
Pennsylvania-based CONSOL said Thursday in a news release that Murray Energy also is taking on its pension obligations with the United Mine Workers of America.
The West Virginia mines produced a combined 28.5 million tons of thermal coal in 2012.
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